Brian L. Clemens, 66, an admired man of Oklahoma City, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018, at his home surrounded by his wife and children after a long courageous battle with his health.
Brian was born February 9, 1952 in York, PA. He was the son of Dean Clemens and Audrey Clemens.
Brian was preceded in death by his father, Dean Harold Clemens, sister-in-law Toni K. Shadid, and nephew Brent Clemens.
Brian’s siblings include: Brother Jeff Clemens and wife, Brenda. Brother Doug Clemens and wife, Sandy. Sister Jayne Limm and her husband, Jeff, all of Pennsylvania.
He also leaves to cherish his mother in law Charlene Rahill, Sister in laws Dorothy Cruzen and husband, Gary, Cathy Rahill and Dan Kramer, Brother in laws Chuck Rahill and wife, Shelley and Danny Shadid along with many nieces and nephews that he dearly loved.
In 1989, Brian met his first two true loves of his life, wife Janis and daughter Kristi Cole. In 1990, God blessed him with a son, Chas (they were inseparable). He loved and adored their spouses Spenser Cole and Tanner Clemens.
After graduating high school and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Brian joined the Army and received his MBA from the University of Oklahoma. He was the basketball coach at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK leading his team to the Battalion Championship in 1976.
His career started as CFO of Shawnee Regional Hospital in 1981. In 1992 he moved to Harrison, Arkansas, as CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. In 1999 he was the CEO of Midwest City Regional Hospital and retired as CEO from HPI Community Hospital in 2016. Brian was honored by the Journal Record as Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEOs in 2015. He served on the Mid America Christian University Board of Directors and with Steve Seaton started the first internship for theology students in the hospital setting. Today that program has served 27,000 students.
He also served on the board for US Grant High School’s Health Academy program and provided scrub uniforms to all of their students. Brian was most recently a member of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and was previously the president of the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce. He helped lead the “Purpose Driven Life” study for Crossings Community Church.
In the last few months his faith led him to accept and trust the will of God, no matter how challenging, no matter the fears and doubts, he knew it was ALL GOOD!
Brian made an impact on everyone he met and left a legacy for us all to follow!
At the Request of the family, memorial contributions may be made to the Clemens Leadership Scholarship at Mid-America Christian University. www.macu.edu/clemens.